“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Howlett Line

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Howlett Line Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
1. Howlett Line Marker
Inscription. These earthworks are part of the Confederate defensive position known as the Howlett Line. It was a string of interconnected redoubts and entrenchments that stretched for eight miles. The line took its name from the Howlett House located at its northern end near Battery Dantzler. Forts housing large-caliber guns anchored the line on the James River to the north and the Appomattox River to the south. The Howlett Line played a critical role in defending the southeastern approaches to Richmond and northeastern approaches to Petersburg.

When Parkerís Battery took up its position here on June 17, 1864, the earthen fortifications had become a critical part of Richmondís defenses.

Confederate 7 inch double banded Brooke Rifle inside Battery Dantzler, 1865. The fortís well-preserved earthworks are part of Chesterfield Countyís park system.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Location. 37° 20.964′ N, 77° 23.664′ W. Marker is in Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Ware Bottom Spring Road 0.1 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located within the Parkerís Battery Unit of the Richmond
Howlett Line Map Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
2. Howlett Line Map
National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 Ware Bottom Spring Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Parkerís Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parker's Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembrance (about 400 feet away); Battery Dantzler (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Howlett Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position (approx. 0.4 miles away); Construction of the Howlett Line (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chester.
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on June 27, 2013.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Howlett Line" (Submitted on June 27, 2013.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Howlett Line Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
3. Howlett Line Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 440 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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